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UCLA is considered a “Public Ivy” — that is, a state school whose quality of education and prestige puts it on a par with the Ivy League. U.S. News & World Report ranks it as the best public college in the nation. And UCLA turns 100 years old this year.
Diabetes diagnoses decline, even as obesity rate rises | Los Angeles Times
Physicians typically push such patients into exercise programs and urge them to change their diet. “Prediabetes is becoming a more accepted diagnosis,” said Tannaz Moin, an endocrinologist at UCLA, who was not involved in the new study. Patients who are told they have prediabetes may be improving their health before they become diabetic, she said.
Is an all-payer system what U.S. health care needs? | Baltimore Sun Opinion
(Commentary co-written by UCLA’s Thomas Rice) Medicare-for-all through a single payer system has become a centerpiece of progressive and presidential politics. But the odds of enacting it, even under a Democratic administration and Congress, are steep. We suggest an alternative way to contain health care spending based on standard negotiated prices by all payers acting collectively.
“It really does help to be able to point to some peer city and say ‘They’re doing this and it’s working,’” said Dr. Michael Manville, an associate professor of urban planning at The University of California, Los Angeles, who has advised Los Angeles on congestion pricing. “At the very least, it changes the conversation in other cities.”
Government botched investigation into Cuba ‘sonic attack’ | BuzzFeed News
“The National Academy is an excellent choice, likely to bring in sophisticated scientists with a good arm’s length from the political players,” UCLA neuroscientist Mark Cohen told BuzzFeed News. “I hope that the NAS will also take the step of bringing in experts from outside the U.S., as well.”
“Intersectionality was a prism to bring to light dynamics within discrimination law that weren’t being appreciated by the courts,” [UCLA’s Kimberlé] Crenshaw said. “In particular, courts seem to think that race discrimination was what happened to all black people across gender and sex discrimination was what happened to all women, and if that is your framework, of course, what happens to black women and other women of color is going to be difficult to see.”
California’s growing senior population | Mercury News
One UCLA study found that more than half of low-income senior renters spent more than 50% of their income on rent. “The biggest advantage (for senior homeowners) is having stable rent, especially if their house is paid off,” said Steven Wallace, associate director for health policy research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
“Diversity sells, but the TV and film product continues to fall short,” wrote Ana-Christina Ramón, co-author of the UCLA study. “So audiences are left starved for more representation on screen that reflects the world they see in their daily lives.”
Pesticides in produce | The Guardian
The U.S. continues to use several pesticides banned in the EU or other countries, including atrazine, glyphosate, 1,3-D, paraquat and neonicotinoids. All have been linked to serious health or environmental consequences. For example, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found exposure to paraquat and two other pesticides increased the risk for Parkinson’s disease by three-fold, and the European Commission severely restricted neonicotinoids because of the risks to bees.
Juan Matute, deputy director of UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies, explained, just because scooters and bikes are dropped in these areas doesn’t mean the people who live there are riding them. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that people who have more limited mobility options (or) lower incomes are using them,” he said.
“Our data indicate that team sports participation in adolescence may be associated with better mental health outcomes in adulthood due to increased self-esteem, increased feelings of social acceptance, and feeling more connected to the school environment,” said lead study author Dr. Molly Easterlin of the University of California Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “It may change how kids navigate school or develop relationships. It may make them more resilient.”
Children of divorce less likely to attend college | MarketWatch
Numerous studies have suggested divorce could prevent children from attending college or university or excelling in school. The educational prospects of wealthy children were most affected by their parents’ divorce, according to one recent study led by University of California, Los Angeles, professor Jennie Brand.
How eyes see continuously in bright light | Medical Xpress
A study by researchers from the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute describes a molecular pathway that helps our eyes see continuously in bright light. The findings help answer a longstanding question about mammalian vision: Why don’t our eyes become less sensitive when they’re bombarded with bright light? The research, conducted in mice, reveals that a special molecule, which uses sunlight itself, rapidly recycles visual pigments after the pigments sense light and change structure.